Local artist, Dali Susanto was born in Jogjakarta, Indonesia, brought up surrounded by artists, both within and outside of his family circle. His family owned batik galleries and taught tourists and students the skills in batik work. He was named by his parents after Salvador Dali in hope that he would follow along the same footsteps and become an artist.
It has been since moving to New Zealand in 2007, that his career as an artist has taken off. Dali has developed a a distinctive style using a series of motifs and patterns which he incorporates into his work which are often based on themes of love and relationships. In his bold graphic style, with its energetic use of line and colour, it is possible to see a Keith Haring influence,. Like Haring, Dali also enjoys painting murals.